The Você story begins with Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold, and is rooted in love and commitment to family, to the land, and to the community. With his legendary career in full swing, Arnold purchased the original tract on Granny White Pike back in 1950 and settled with his young family on what was then known as “Windy Ridge.” For the singer, the property provided a sentimental return to his rural beginnings and a refuge from the road. Of course, he also knew a solid investment when he saw one.
In the late 1950s, while hiking on the ridge and contemplating the shifting tides of his career, Arnold had an epiphany. As he walked through the trees singing a ballad in the traditional country style, he began to soften his voice and phrase the lyrics in the crooning style of one of his favorite pop music heroes, Bing Crosby. He had found his new Voice.
In his autobiography, Arnold recounted “singing at the top of his lungs and filling the valley.” With a new but familiar style of singing, the singer rediscovered himself, redefined his music, and helped create what is now known as the “Nashville Sound.”
Shannon Pollard, the grandson of Eddy Arnold and trustee of the late singer’s real estate holdings and formidable musical legacy, has countless childhood stories of days spent with his
grandparents on the property. These days, as he lovingly oversees the development of the place his grandfather held so dear, one of those stories stands out.
“Two years before my grandfather died, he and I walked around this property, and we had a kind of a somber moment together where he talked to me about saving the trees,” Pollard recalls. “We were walking in front of the cabin, and he looked up into the trees and said, ‘Save as many of these as you can.’ This place was the homestead for him. It’s where he set down his roots. It was a retreat and a place of sanctuary where he could come off the road and find some peace.”
Eddy Arnold’s voice was silenced in 2008, but his legacy lives on as the defining spirit that is the design inspiration for Você.